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    • Yes, it's still a democracy -- Votes: 3
    • No, it's not. -- Votes: 33
    • Other. -- Votes: 1
user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
Nov 5th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:</b>" yep basically "</blockquote>




This is absolutely false.

The Doctor 2 kids; Boulder, CO, United States 60775 posts
Nov 5th '12
Quoting iLL-Legal Alien:" But from has been said in this thread, and if I'm understanding correctly...with the Electoral College ... [snip!] ... get to choose the president? There's 538 people in the electoral collage. so that's 538 people choosing for the whole US?"


Each state has a set number of people in the electoral college. For most states, whichever candidate wins that state gets ALL of that state's electoral votes.

SpaceCowgirl Due December 21; 3 kids; Oregon 20240 posts
Nov 5th '12
Quoting iLL-Legal Alien:" But from has been said in this thread, and if I'm understanding correctly...with the Electoral College ... [snip!] ... get to choose the president? There's 538 people in the electoral collage. so that's 538 people choosing for the whole US?"


They vote based on who their state votes for, though.



The last time an electoral vote went to someone that the state didn't vote for was in the 1800s, I believe.

nendhsiwjru 6 kids; Denver, Co, United States 37137 posts
Nov 5th '12

So where does the whole "they don't have to vote for who the people voted for" comes into play?
Do they have to go with what the majority of their state chose?




I'm so confused.




I need a whole class about this. LOL

SpaceCowgirl Due December 21; 3 kids; Oregon 20240 posts
Nov 5th '12
Quoting iLL-Legal Alien:" So where does the whole "they don't have to vote for who the people voted for" comes into play? Do they ... [snip!] ... Do they have to go with what the majority of their state chose? I'm so confused. I need a whole class about this. LOL"


I don't think they have to, but they pretty much always do.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49166 posts
Nov 5th '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" I don't think they have to, but they pretty much always do."


the dont have too....

624582 Neilton, Washington 9312 posts
Nov 5th '12
Quoting iLL-Legal Alien:" So where does the whole "they don't have to vote for who the people voted for" comes into play? Do they ... [snip!] ... Do they have to go with what the majority of their state chose? I'm so confused. I need a whole class about this. LOL"


I believe some states are legally obligated to go along with the popular vote, but even then I think if they voted against there is only a small fine and no real repercussions. I don't believe my state, Texas, is legally obligated to vote in favor of popular vote.



Perhaps I am just being over dramatic or I just do not know what I am talking about, but that alone makes me feel like my single vote truly doesn't matter as much as the media loves to portray. The voting guilt is getting a tad ridiculous on my live feed right now, I just can't wait until tomorrow is over.

nendhsiwjru 6 kids; Denver, Co, United States 37137 posts
Nov 5th '12
Quoting 624582:" I believe some states are legally obligated to go along with the popular vote, but even then I think ... [snip!] ... to portray. The voting guilt is getting a tad ridiculous on my live feed right now, I just can't wait until tomorrow is over."


This is how I'm feeling too LOL

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
Nov 5th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting 624582:</b>" I believe some states are legally obligated to go along with the popular vote, but even then I think ... [snip!] ... to portray. The voting guilt is getting a tad ridiculous on my live feed right now, I just can't wait until tomorrow is over."</blockquote>



Who did you vote for in the primary election?

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
Nov 5th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting iLL-Legal Alien:</b>" So where does the whole "they don't have to vote for who the people voted for" comes into play? Do they ... [snip!] ... Do they have to go with what the majority of their state chose? I'm so confused. I need a whole class about this. LOL"</blockquote>




I have been in a constitutional study group for almost a year.



I didn't know almost anything but the very basic civic type stuff, when I started.



Each state has an electorate. In the primaries, that state, BY MAJORITY VOTE, nominates who they wish, to represent their party in the general election. The popular vote wins in that race.



What we are doing in the primary, is telling our state's electorate who we want to nominate and see on the ballot for the general election.



Come the general election, where we elect a president, not just nominate someone to run, we all, by popular vote (again), choose between the 2 nominated candidates.



The primary is the time for our individual votes to count most. It is those individual votes that decide who we want to lead us. The general election is where all of those individual votes are translated into electoral votes.



I hope I said that well enough to more easily understand.

624582 Neilton, Washington 9312 posts
Nov 5th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting ~Julie Blue Eyes~:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting 624582:</b>" I believe some states are legally obligated to ... [snip!] ... feed right now, I just can't wait until tomorrow is over."</blockquote> Who did you vote for in the primary election?"</blockquote>




No one, I'm not registered in Texas.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Nov 5th '12

No, it's not a democracy. It's actually called a constitutional republic. A true democracy would honor every individual vote.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49166 posts
Nov 5th '12
Quoting ~Julie Blue Eyes~:" <blockquote><b>Quoting iLL-Legal Alien:</b>" So where does the whole "they don't have ... [snip!] ... all of those individual votes are translated into electoral votes. I hope I said that well enough to more easily understand."


u know theres more then 2 people running right?

Kaleighshaleigh 3 kids; USA 7100 posts
Nov 5th '12

We've never been a democracy. We're a republic. Remember the pledge...." I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Stated of America and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands....."

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
Nov 5th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:</b>" u know theres more then 2 people running right? "</blockquote>




Of course I know that. What does that have to do with what I said?